THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:
Snow and cold weather look like it is here to stay now in the North Country.
What is the main source of heat you use to heat your home in St. Lawrence County?
Take the NCNow Survey. Results will be posted Nov. 27.
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION:
St. Lawrence County residents without health insurance have the opportunity to sign-up for a health care policy now. Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage began Nov. 1 through New York State’s health insurance marketplace, New York State of Health.
New Yorkers seeking coverage effective January 1, 2018 must enroll by Dec. 15, 2017. Open enrollment through the Marketplace ends on January 31, 2018.
This is later than the open enrollment period available through healthcare.gov for states that rely on the federal marketplace to enroll in coverage.
Enrollments or changes made between January 16 and January 31 take effect on March 1, 2018, the attorney general’s office said.
Do you plan to sign up?
73.2% -- No, I already have health insurance
17.9% -- No, I don't want health insurance
7.1% -- Yes
1.8% -- Unsure/Depends
Total Responses: 112
Here are your comments:
Who needs health insurance? I am poor and I go to the emergency room all the time. They can't get blood from a stone. It's free if you have nothing like me.
Nov. 20 3:42 a.m.
I have health insurance through welfare. I get all the cigs and beer I want also. All thanks to Donald Trump.
Nov. 18 3:10 p.m.
Almost 90 percent of the health problems facing Northern New Yorkers are self-inflicted through dietary choices and lifestyle. The lifelong accumulating factors of overeating, consuming cheap processed food, drinking swill beer, and tobacco use leave us with cancer-ridden, weak-hearted, diabetic, addled-minded, stroke-prone, heart-attack-waiting-to-happen, impotent, auto-immune disordered people. While healthcare should ultimately be affordable, taxpayer funded healthcare for crappy life choices is not the answer. Perhaps the government should provide free nutrition and exercise classes to all who want them instead of health care. An ounce of prevention is worth more than 355 pounds (and 60 percent body fat) of a cure. Push the plate away and put down the pipe North Country. Jeesh its like a train wreck in slow motion. Can't look away from the shambling gait. Make the right choices, before its too late. If those people don’t want to make the right choices then let them die the slow death brought on by obesity and sloth they so desperately want. Less Trump supporters will vote in the upcoming elections. On another note, all the ill informed Trump supporters out there who railed loudly in the lead-up to the election and just after that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed are still barking loudly about it, even though there has been a Republican majority in Congress since his coronation a year ago. Still no action of meaningful substance. But then again, keep in mind this is the same group of the electorate who think something called “Obamacare” (actually doesn’t exist) is an actual insurance plan they were somehow being coerced to accept, when in fact the ACA is actually just legislation laying down ground rules for insurance company behavior and setting up subsidized markets for health insurance. It does suck that the American people were financially penalized for having to enroll in some sort of insurance, private, public or otherwise, but these clowns haven’t even been able to repeal that part of it effectively.
Nov. 18 10:31 a.m.
Too expensive for garbage insurance that doesn't cover much.
Nov. 17 3:58 p.m.
No, I already have health insurance through my employer, but I’m glad NYS offers an option should I ever need it.
Nov. 17 1:03 p.m.
I need to add pharmacy insurance to my account!
Nov. 17 11:27 a.m.
I would rather pay the fine. Oh wait, I don't have to any longer. Thank you Mr. Trump.
Nov. 17 9:53 a.m.
Everyone should have health insurance, there is no reason we (USA) shouldn’t have free healthcare. The powers to be could make it happen.
Nov. 16 7:58 p.m.
Obamacare took my insurance away from me. Obamacare has poorer coverage at a far higher price with a $12,000 deductable before it even kicks in. I do not believe in anyone getting subsidized for healthcare. People need to learn to live within their means. No cable, cellphone, internet or any other luxury until they pay for their housing, food and heathcare first.
Nov. 15 11:17 p.m.
Republicans are trying to make it impossible for people to sign up. Don’t market it and they won’t know about it. People need insurance whether they think they do or not. But it won’t happen until the profits are removed from the healthcare agencies.
Nov. 15 10:00 p.m.
Thankfully we enrolled in a good program last year… our care costs this year would have been far beyond what we could have reasonably afforded otherwise. The cost was very high, but the value justified the cost. I am saddened by the Trump administrations efforts to undermine health care… but what's new in that? I'm saddened by the Trump administration’s actions in general.
Nov. 15 4:34 p.m.
Well, yes, is like to, but I fear the insurance will either become too high priced, or it will be stopped.
Nov. 15 3:58 a.m.
Who can afford the high cost of premiums with little benefits.
Nov. 14 4:57 p.m.
I am very glad that the opportunity to enroll is there for those not covered. I may not need it but friends of mine do.
Nov. 14 12:27 p.m.
And it has been very fair to us "oldsters."
Nov. 14 11:31 a.m.
Does this include illegal immigrants and their anchor babies?
Nov. 14 9:42 a.m.
The record needs to be set straight on this once and forever: Before Obama came here from Kenya, Reganomics had it that everyone could get healthcare for free! I take cholesterol medicine so I can put bacon on my cheeseburgers, blood pressure medicine so I can eat bag after bag of Mr. Salty, and other various pills for my manhood, gout, sleep apnea, etc. These are my rights as an 'murican! Now look at things?! Now the libtards want people to exercise and eat mindfully -- communism pure and simple. Thank God Alighty that the Roy Moores, Steve Bannons, and Pol Pots of the world have edged out the environmentalists and civil rights engineers! Trump!
Nov. 14 9:06 a.m.
I shouldn't have to buy it if I don't want it!
Nov. 14 7:51 a.m.
Nov. 14 6:34 a.m.
There should be no open enrollment time frame, it should be open enrollment all the time. They only have this sign-up time so people will get health insurance so they won't have to pay the penalty. Because they know people will cancel the coverage after they file their taxes. So in the end the state gets basically money for nothing and the federal gets nothing. So really who's winning with our generous affordable state health exchange?
Nov. 13 5:05 p.m.
Nov. 13 4:26 p.m.
I think we need a single payer health care system so all Americans are covered equally.
Nov. 13 3:22 p.m.
I have to pay more than half of my paycheck each week for Obama care. It's about time the Democrats let President Trump change the health system that isn't working. It only works for the people who are government dependent. Teachers would push the idea to our kids in a different way if they had to pay their insurance. It is a ridiculous amount thanks to Obama who did all he could to mess up the country before he was out. Thank god President Trump understands the real working people. God bless America! Can't wait for the tax overhaul! I am tired of working my behind off to pay for liberals/Democrats with my taxes.
Nov. 13 2:12 p.m.
No, I already have insurance through my employer for the last 35 years. I did it myself without relying on someone else to fix it for me and I pay way too much now because of all these free or near free programs that our state and Ostupid set up!
Nov. 13 1:51 p.m.
I will never sign up for the Obamacare ACA health plans. I lost my previous insurance that I had for many years due to it not being Obamacare compliant. The insurance through the exchanges was priced far too high and had a $12,000 deductable. I will not accept making my insurance unaffordable for the goal of subsidizing other people. I also do not need to be covered for every condition that exists. I am male, so I should not and refuse to pay for contraceptives, mammograms, or other woman-related health issues. I will pay cash for the forseeable future. This beats a $700/mo and $12,000 deductable anyday.
Nov. 13 1:32 p.m.
I would encourage all those without insurance to get signed up.
Nov. 13 12:54 p.m.
This is a great plug from a liberal rag to the people of this area. Everyone should check the rates on these outrageous plans. Be sure to take a look at the deductibles as well. These plans are garbage. They are trying to enroll as many people as possible to make it look bad when/if ACA gets repealed. These plans are a government money grab. Fake news! Sad! Trump 2020!
Nov. 13 11:26 a.m.
I am fortunate enough to have a union contract with health insurance guaranteed. That's why I support unions. If you don't have it, you should fight for those rights.
Nov. 13 11:12 a.m.
What's the point, if you actually work for a living you can't afford the premiums and make too much for the essential plans, etc. It's cheaper to pay the fine at the end of the year.
Nov. 13 11:04 a.m.
Wish I could. Not one of the fortunate who has great insurance.
Nov. 13 10:20 a.m.
We already have Medicare policies. We are fortunate, however, to live in a state that has concern for health coverage for its citizens!
Nov. 13 7:57 a.m.
I'll only accept health insurance when they shove their filthy paperwork into my cold dead hands!
Nov. 13 7:14 a.m.
As usual, your question is as clear as mud.
Nov. 13 7:02 a.m.
Is AIDS covered? I plan on unprotected sex forever.
Nov. 13 6:48 a.m.
Can't even use it.
Nov. 13 6:46 a.m.